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Crowns Need Special Care or They Could Break
Posted on 2/25/2019 by Winning Smile Dental Group
One of the most common dental issues that people see us for is cracked or broken teeth. There is a fix that will help many people. A dental crown is like a cap that is placed on top of what is left of the tooth. It will be taken care of in two visits. On your first visit you will receive a temporary crown, and a mold will be made. On the second visit, you will receive your permanent crown. It will look and feel just like a natural tooth. If you have one or more crowns, you will want to take care of them. Otherwise, the crown could break, and it would have to be replaced. Temporary Dental Crown When you have the temporary crown, you will want to be careful while you eat. Avoid foods that are sticky or overly chewy. Do not bite down hard on the temporary crown. Permanent Dental Crown Once you receive your permanent crown, you will still need to be careful. It will not be quite as strong as a natural tooth. Avoid biting foods that are particularly hard such as hard candies. If you bite your fingernails, you will need to finally stop. Another thing that can damage a crown is grinding your teeth. If that is something that you tend to do, try to reduce your stress. Otherwise, you will take care of your crown the way that you take care of the rest of your teeth. Brush your teeth after each meal with fluoridated toothpaste. If you feel any discomfort, make an appointment to have us look at it immediately. Crowns are an affordable and practical way to cover a damaged tooth that does not need to be replaced. With proper care, your crown will be a part of your smile for years to come. If you would like more information, we would love to talk to you about crowns....

Crooked Teeth Can Lead to Many Oral Health Problems
Posted on 2/15/2019 by Winning Smile Dental Group
If you have crooked teeth, you may think they are only a problem in terms of aesthetics. For some, this is true. However, for most, this is not the case. Crooked teeth lead to other problems. If you have been thinking about whether or not to consider straightening your crooked teeth, we recommend you come in to the office and talk with us about the types of oral health issues leaving your teeth could lead to. Once you know what could come at you in the future, you can then make an informed decision. Types of Oral Health Problems to Expect with Crooked Teeth When someone has crooked teeth, it often means that some of their teeth overlap, even slightly. If this is the case for you, then know that this overlap means that there are places your toothbrush and floss may not be able to reach. This leads to an increase in people struggling with cavities and tooth decay. Anything that gets beneath that overlap is going to decay, damaging the enamel that surrounds it. Crooked teeth can also lead to an increase in dental cracks, chips, and broken teeth. When your teeth come together, they form a pattern. This pattern can be thrown off by crooked teeth, leaving you with a misaligned bite. As you chew, it could cause the teeth to hit unnaturally, leaving them cracked, chipped, or broken. Do you want to know what could happen as a result of leaving your teeth in their current positions? Call our office and schedule a time to come in. If the overlapping is very minor, we can likely keep your teeth healthy by working with you and maybe increasing how often we clean your teeth. However, if the overlapping is more severe, we want to make sure you know what you may face. Call us today to find out more!...

Managing the Pain of a Dental Abscess
Posted on 1/30/2019 by Winning Smile Dental Group
An infection in the root of your tooth, a dental abscess can be extremely painful. When the enamel of your teeth becomes compromised, bacteria can leach into the pulp of your tooth and attack it, leading to an infection. If your immune system loses its ability to fight off the infection, the pulp may die, and an abscess can form at the site. If you notice that you're running a fever, have swollen lymph nodes, red and irritated gums, and pain, you may be suffering from a dental abscess. What Caused This Problem in the First Place? Having an unpleasant pocket of pus around your tooth isn't some idiopathic disease; something caused it to form and knowing what caused it can help you prevent it from happening again. Main causes of a dental abscess include: If you have a dental abscess, you may not even be too worried about what caused it. What you're really focused on is just one thing – getting rid of that pain! Minimizing Pain from a Dental Abscess If you already have an appointment with us, you can reduce the pain from your abscess by doing the following: It's important to note that not all dental abscesses are painful. Other signs of an abscess include darkening of your tooth, a "pimple" by your teeth, or a bad taste in your mouth. If you suspect you have a dental abscess, give our office a call today. Our highly trained staff will examine your tooth, take an x-ray of it, and help you come up with a treatment plan to get rid of both the infection and the pain....

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